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Welsh Lib Dems snatch Tory MP's council seat in shock win

Welsh Liberal Democrats in Powys have won the Glasbury county council by-election, beating the Conservatives in the ward formerly held by Brecon and Radnorshire's Tory MP.

Newly-elected Cllr James Gibson-Watt beat the Conservative candidate with 44% of the vote in the by-election, which was caused by the resignation of Tory MP Chris Davies. This is the first time a Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate has stood in this ward.

This is the second council by-election caused by a new Conservative MP vacating their seat that the Liberal Democrats have won since the General Election (the other being in Richmond). It's also the Welsh Lib Dems' second by-election win since May.

Cllr James Gibson-Watt, the new Liberal Democrat Councillor for Glasbury, said:

“I'm absolutely delighted to once again be representing a community that I've lived in all my adult life, and I will do my best to serve the villages of Glasbury ward to the best of my ability.

“I will fight hard with AMs Kirsty Williams, William Powell and the local community to save Gwernyfed High School from closure by Powys Council – something which is vital to our local community.”

Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, added:

“Congratulations to James on his well deserved win. I know he will work tirelessly for his local community, and I look forward to working more closely with him.

“There is no doubt now – the Welsh Lib Dem fightback is truly underway. With a string of council by-election victories under our belt in the most difficult and challenging of circumstances, we have proven that the need for a liberal voice up and down Wales is greater than ever.

“Thousands upon thousands have joined the Liberal Democrats since May's election because they want a party that will stand for fairness, equality and the liberal values so many hold dear. We will not give up the fight for a fairer, freer country and I urge anyone who shares our liberal values to join us on that fight.”

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The full result in Glasbury was:

James Gibson-Watt, Welsh Liberal Democrat – 457 (44%)

Conservative: 415 (40%)

Independent: 106 (10%)

Green: 52 (5%)

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